Cleaning – Use green cleaning products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the air inside your home can contain up to five times as many common chemical pollutants than areas outside the home. Use green cleaning products, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon, to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. To learn what these ingredients are used for click https://jrheating.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/dont-you-deserve-poison-free-cleaning/. Another benefit is that you save money using homemade cleaning products because they are often cheaper than their store bought counterparts. If you don’t feel comfortable making your own chemical-free cleaning products, you can often find an eco-friendly variety of cleaning products in most grocery and retail stores.
Furniture – Consider eco-friendly furniture. Even though you may like the new furniture smell it may not be good for you. This is because a slow release of volatile organic compound (VOCs) from glue, chemical coatings, varnishes, particle boards, and upholsters is used throughout the construction process. In contrast, eco-friendly furniture is made using natural materials created from sustainable resources or recycled goods, which eliminates the worry of chemical exposure. Although it’s better to re-purpose or recycle existing pieces of furniture, there are other options if you don’t want to do this yourself! Several furniture manufacturers now offer eco-friendly lines for purchase.
Plants – Add real plants to home decor. Did you know it has been proven that many household plants help fight pollution indoors? Plants help absorb CO2 (Carbon dioxide) and release oxygen while also removing commercial chemicals from the air. Herbs are especially good because not only do they produce oxygen, but you can eat them as well. If you’re not satisfied with plants or don’t have a green thumb to save your life consider an air purification system. Note that Indoor Air Quality is mentioned in a previous blog and click the link if you would like more information https://jrheating.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/16-ways-to-improve-your-indoor-air-quality-iaq/?preview=true&preview_id=11&preview_nonce=e16b92140c&post_format=standard.
Processed Foods – Stay away from processed foods! According to the W.H.O., or the World Health Organization, processed foods are the culprit for the dramatic increase in chronic diseases across the world. The W.H.O. encourages people to cut their intake of these foods, and instead eat more fruits and vegetables (preferably organic!). Eat organic whenever possible to avoid the harmful pesticides prevalent in non-organic fruits and vegetables.
Solar Power – Solar panels can be used to run your air conditioning, lighting, and more. Using solar panels can reduce your dependence on the power grid and decrease your homes energy costs. Also, this is a clean energy source that is infinitely renewable and will significantly reduce negative impact to the environment.
If you live somewhere that is constantly warm and your air conditioner is relatively old it’s possible that your have rust on the grill of your outside condenser (air conditioner). There are a couple of things you can do to diminish or slow down the spreading of rust.
Applying a product that will slow down the oxidation process is the first option. What you need to do is clean the metal that contains the rust. Once the metal is clean and there are no loose rust particles apply rustoleum, or any other similar product to the metal. Know that the consistency of the rustoleum, or a similar product, will be thicker than paint and should be a dull gray silvery color. If any rust is left under the grill, regardless of which product you choose, rust will eventually come back.
Option #2, which is most likely the best option, is to do nothing. That’s right doing nothing may actually be better. If there is a considerable amount rust on your system, there’s a good chance it’s getting old and it may not be worth the hassle to get rid of the rust. Your energy, time, and money would be better spent researching and saving up for a new higher efficiency model.
We, at J & R Heating and A/C, hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday. This is it for the blog this week, because of the holiday. There will be one next Thursday.